How does Card do what he does? This enthralling novel reiterates the rise of Ender Wiggins from a perplexing parallel perspective: Bean. This shockingly miniature figure possesses an inhuman mind with an incomprehensible deduction–one that can put Sherlock Holmes to shame. And at the end of the book, the question stands: Who was the true hero and mastermind? Was it Ender or Bean? Or was it Bean through Ender? Perhaps it was Bean supporting Ender? And yet again it could be Bean allowing Ender? Despite the intentional blur that might inculcate childish teams (Team Ender and Team Bean), what’s lucid is what team Bean wanted to be in: Team Ender. And that’s telling.